To the Editor:
For those of your readers who have been following the progress of the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti, they will be happy to hear that little Jodeleine Pierre met her surgeon on March 23, in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
A group of volunteers and I met six-year-old Jodeleine in November of 2010, when we were delivering medical supplies to a clinic in Roche à Bateau, in the department of the South, in Haiti. Jodeleine was brought to us by her grandmother and aunt. They explained that Jodeleine had spent the night of the January 12 earthquake trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building in Port au Prince. Beside her were the bodies of her pregnant mother and older and younger sisters, none of whom survived. Jodeleine was rescued in the morning and soon thereafter underwent surgery for her crushed leg that was amputated below the knee. When we met Jodeleine, she could hardly walk.
The volunteers of the Fish Farm Haiti Project rallied into action after meeting this little girl who had suffered so tragically. Fifteen months later, and we have finally succeeded in obtaining the medical visa that Jodeleine needed to come to the United States for the reconstructive surgery that she requires if she is ever to be able to wear a prosthesis comfortably.
Dr. Mark Lee, an orthopedic surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Hospital, is donating his service for the operation. American Airlines, through Miles for Kids in Need, has donated the airline tickets, and our non-profit charitable organization has agreed to take responsibility for the hospital fees and any other expenses that occur during her treatment.
For more information on the Fish Farm Haiti Project and to see pictures of Jodeleine go to www.fishfarmhaiti.org. Tax-exempt donations for Jodeleine’s recovery may be made out to Fish Farm Haiti noting “Jodeleine” in the memo and mailed to PO Box 1803, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
MV Fish Farm Haiti